Mercadito Chicago
Mercadito Chicago

Mercadito Chicago

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3123299555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday 11:00am-3:30pm & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday: 5:00pm- 2:00am: Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
    After midnight we offer a late night menu.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Patricio Sandoval
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Catering: MH-Catering: website: www.mh-catering.com
    Call: 312.361.3299

    Our team's knowledge is grounded in their experience as consumers and connoisseurs, and then improved through decades of restaurant and industry experience. We strive to create a remarkable and unique experience by perfectly detailing every aspect of your catering and event needs. It is important to us that every guest has an exceptional experience and is provided with extraordinary service.

  • Private Party Facilities: Plan your next birthday, office party, or event at Mercadito. For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan a memorable event that will exceed your expectations.
  • Private Party Contact: Wendy Wohlfeill 3123299555x
  • Special Events: For parties of seven or more we offer a range of tasting menus and open bar options to fit any budget and palate. We are happy to help you plan your event. Contact: events@mercaditorestaurants.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kinzie between N Clark and N La Salle
  • Public Transit: Merchandise Mart stops Purple and Brown Line and 156 Bus LaSalle.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking daily
A word from Mercadito Chicago
The newest Mercadito locations are the chicest and most modern additions to the restaurant family. Ample sized banquets accommodate large parties while smaller white quartzite tables and the soft wood floor and ceiling keep the atmosphere cozy. Exquisite details include rope screens separating banquettes, handmade pyramid-shaped copper lights illuminating the bar, and unique graffiti-style murals dressing the dining rooms. A massive bar area and lounge lets guests relax while taking in the stylish and upscale environment.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mercadito Chicago reviews from OpenTable diners
350 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (172)fit for foodies (158)good for groups (141)vibrant bar scene (122)special occasion (74)neighborhood gem (65)late-night find (53)great for lunch (49)great for outdoor dining (42)romantic (40)great for brunch (23)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Three girls walk into Mercadito...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great music! Outstanding service from both Miguel and Victor. Delicious Mango Margaritas!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loved it but quite loud. They really rush you through your meal too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, poor service.
    T3000
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    After waiting 45 minutes past our reservation time, we were seated and had to wait about another ten minutes to order drinks. Once we spoke to out waiter he was very accommodating and service improved. The food was excellent once we were finally able to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, small portions, rushed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was good but it's not a great place for groups. They also provide a group menu with the cheapest option for each person being $30. The portions are very small and they charged for any extra guacamole, salsa, sides, etc. The size of the sides are saucer size for 4 people and even the saucer is not full with food. They also asked if we could be done eating by a certain time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love
    jbo1
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I love this place. Amazing margaritas and food never disappoints! Great eclectic take on Mexican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food and Great Service
    A10592
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Mercadito Chicago-River North is a true neighborhood gem. Their fast and friendly service is perfect for a quick lunchtime get away from the office. The food is fresh and always amazing. A great place for a group lunch or quiet dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best drinks ever!
    Nino
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great atmosphere for late night dinner. The tacos were not my favorite . First time I had a steak taco with a salad dressing sauce, not a good combination. The tacos were a little cold and the salsa was not spicy at all. The drinks are fantastic!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun for a group
    colleen
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated my sister's birthday here and were able to do a sharing menu that was affordable and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was excellent and definitely will be back with friends. The bar tenders were friendly and knowledgeable about the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Chitowngirl
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Dined here for the first time in July during a convention. Came back now for a friends bday. His family is Mexican so it was a nail biter and an epic fail if he didn't like it. From the first bite if guacamole he was hooked. We had two guacamoles, queso fundido with short ribs and the carne and carnitas tacos. He raved about everything. The next plate was better than the previous. He's bringing his mom! If that's not a ringing endorsement I don't know what is. Mercadito, thanks for not being a one time wonder kid, you're the real deal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Mexican
    Jc62VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Awesome food. Great atmosphere but a bit loud. Sometimes felt like we were screaming. That said, the food is awesome!! Pricy for the portions but everything is so well flavored! A fun place for sharing. Our dinner Trio of guacamole Trio of salsa Shrimp ceviche, lobster ceviche Mahi mahi tacos Shrimp tacos Carne asada Rock shrimp with lettuce wraps Topped of with bread pudding. Yum Also... The tequila is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy + Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Delicious, unique tacos - lots of varieties that taste very different. Lobster taco special was the favorite. Guacamole Trio always delights - along w/ craft cocktails. Ask about the Big little market - delicious tequila cocktail with muddle pineapple. Only thing to call out - if you don't like tequila, cocktail selection not nearly as exciting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    If you're looking for a modern twist on classic Mexican food, this is the place. The ambiance is fantastic, the food was flavorful and the service was great. We ordered the flight of guacamole (pricey, but good), carne tacos (OUTSTANDING) and mariscados seafood tacos that were deconstructed so that you could make your own. Highly recommend the entrees here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good
    RG120
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great tacos, great drinks, and usually great service. This past weekend however our waiter was not as attentive as before. He seemed to take super long to come back we were getting impatient trying to order a to go item and our check . Other than that it is usually a great place to relax have some amazing drinks and we also ordered tacos and shared them tapas style so we all got to try everything. The ceviche mixto is not all that didn't have much flavor. The shrimp and ceviche have much more flavor. Estilo baja tacos my favorite!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seating Concern
    Anje
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food is good, however, I'm not sure that the lack of seating is worth the wait. You wait for 30 minutes or more even with a reservation then you are seated in a lounge area with small chairs and tables that are child size. The seating situation takes away from the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level was atrocious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The noise level was so extreme we left before our entrees came.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent.
    aib91
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Phenomenal service. Good drinks. Food was ok. Overall experience felt like a better customer service version of taco joint... except the tacos weren't quite as good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too Loud Too Cramped
    Theehonesttruth
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was good. Drinks are very over priced. This place is very cramped. The 5th anniversary was $5 night but the bill ended up 15 times that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, little loud
    Islandgal
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food just a little loud with the music level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food...Great Atmosphere
    Travelgirl27VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was my first time to Mercadito and it will not be my last...The food is tasty, which in my opinion, most restaurants miss the mark. I went for lunch with a couple of my co-workers and we were in and out in about an hour. I do wish our server was a little more attentive in other areas. I would like to come back and try it on the weekend for dinner. The atmosphere was my cup of tea, dim lighting and comfortable seating. I had the quesadillas, which were good, they are small and not your typical quesadillas, but it was enough for lunch in addition to our guacamole that we split and our side of rice we got. My co-workers got tacos and they looked just as good as mine, if not better. It is definitely a place to try, don't pass it up!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't trust the kitchen
    Inthecity4
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    For health reasons I do not eat dairy, items are marked v for vegetarian. I told my waitress I was vegan.I picked the mushroom torta making sure no cheese, the black beans did not contain animal products and reiterating I wanted it made vegan. By the end of my meal my stomach started to hurt and by the time I got back to my desk it was much worse. I called Mercadito and turns out they butter the torta roll. They were trying to figure out if it was my waitress or the kitchen who dropped the ball (and for the record I don't care who messed up). For anyone with a food restriction or allergy do not go to Mercadito. Also food is delivered as it comes out. Very awkward for a business lunch. My colleagues tacos arrived quite a bit before my meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hostess stand disorganized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We got there 30 mins early and was told that we would be seated in 10 mins. So we moved onto the bar and ordered a couple drinks. 30 mins later we still had not been seated. I then walked over to the hostess stand and asked them where we were on the list and it was evident that they had forgotten about us. I explained that we were at the bar and they immediately came over and attempted to seat us in a 2 person table. We had 3 people. I would have thought that the manager would have come over and apologized or offered a drink or dessert on the house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gormet Mexican
    Dubod62
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Better than I expected. When I travel to Chicago amici can is never on the radar. The better known competition is closed Sunday and Monday so this was a great alturnative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    redred
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The food at Mercadito was good. However, at the end of the day they are just serving Mexican food and $9.50 for a tiny portion of guacamole or $16.50 for tacos is just silly--I don't care if you are calling it "gormet" or "fusion." However, the cocktails were lovely, would only go back for drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Customer Service Was Great
    SellyVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I've been going to this place since they opened up. We are apart of the River North Association and we strive on supporting businesses in this area. the food was great the drinks are a bit pricey, they should offer drink specials but they were good. Our waiter Fernando was attractive and his service was outstanding. He told us that if we work in the neighboring area we could get a discount on Industry Day which is oddly on a Sunday. But since my coworkers and I were on a leisurely Sunday dinner none of us had business cards to prove we work in the area so unfortunately we couldnt get the discount. But nonetheless we had a great time. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud but great food
    MHSL
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I made reservations with open table and we had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated. The reservation was at 9:45 on a Saturday night and it was so loud inside the restaurant. Although I love an energetic ambiance, I was glad that it was a nice night and we were seated outside. We ordered little market margaritas and the traditional guacamole. The guacamole was delicious, but a little on the spicy side the margarita was excellent. I had the carne asada. It was good but a little on the chewy side. My boyfriend thought the lobster tacos were good. For dessert we had the flan. Our server was great. Overall it was a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too expensive
    ChiBlondeGirl
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I don't think I've ever paid 68 bucks for a cocktail & tacos...until I went here. It was a very satisfying tapas style meal but if you really think about it, guacamole, salsa and tacos shouldn't cost you over 50 bucks a person with tax + tip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LONG WAIT EVEN WITH RESERVATIONS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food and atmosphere is great here! This is my third time at Mercadito and each time I had 8:00 reservations and had to wait at least an hour to sit down. Each time I went I had a party of three, it is not accommodating for parties smaller than four. You have to wait until the whole party is there, then they make you wait over an hour while sitting larger parties. It's horrible! When I told the manager the response was we will get you seated next and that was after four tables were seated after the fact. Very disappointed!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun drinks, outstanding service
    jillnorton
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a 9:15 reservation that we were running late to but the staff was accommodating and after just enough time to order a drink at the bar, we were seated. fun, loud environment, but perfect for that time of night on a saturday. we loved the food (oyster tacos and carne asada) and the drinks were outstanding and we loved our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy
    Javy1415
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was great! But too loud! If you have a party of two watch out cause you'll be sitting right next to someone else. Think a party of two should have a bit more privacy. Food was amazing....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    AshleySinclair
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Excellent food, service, festive ambience- thank you !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WeekenddinersVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had an excellent experience at mercadito. Excellent service, our waiter was so knowledgeable about the drink and food menu. The salsas we tried were amazing, only complaint is that you don't get more of it! Our entire group had different tacos. Carne, pork, fish and mushroom. While I enjoyed the mushroom, I was the only one. Everyone raved about the others. The drink menu is very unique and what we tried was delicious (misty sleeve. Dizzy oaxcan, and one other that had greens in it). Overall a great night and on the list to try again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    lovetea
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This place was so good!!! I would recommend to anyone! A lot of variety!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food, but terrible service! Very disappointing as the service is usually good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food but pricey sides
    312regular
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We thought our two lunches were outstanding from a taste standpoint. The restaurant also has an open, comfortable feel. Our only issue was the price and size of the guacamole and salsas. The guac. choices range start at $8.50 so we did not order any, but the portion we saw at another table was not commensurate with the price. While there is a very cool selection of 6 or 7 salsas to choose from, it's around $5 for two and the portion is very, very small, so it's more of an issue with the portion than the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinner
    IowaHick
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Stopped in for an early dinner before a concert at the Chicago Theater. The food and cocktails were very good. We stuck with sharing several small plates. The guacamole and the tacos we tried were all very tasty. Table service was good as well, my one complaint is that our server seemed to be trying to rush us off after we had tried just a few plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing tacos but expensive
    hannahbananaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This place is LOUD, as all of the other reviews note, but my friends and I knew that in advance. After all, we are four friends out on the town and not a romantic date night. Don't count on being able to have a productive conversation at dinner. Otherwise, this place is really fun! There is a bar below where you can get drinks while you wait for your table and the crowd is young, vibrant, and ready to have fun. Also, the tacos are amazing. You can make one order of 4 tacos but you can mix it up with your friends! The only downside is that it is much more expensive than you expect it to be, and maybe not quite worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD FOOD. CRAZY PRICES!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Im all 4 spending $150 4 a dinner 4 two with dessert at a high end Steakhouse. But not a PLACE DAT SERVES PRETTY MUCH MEXICAN FOOD WITH SUPER SMALL PORTIONS. WITH THE MONEY I SPENT 4 : GUAC ,TACOS, and FLan I KINDA FELT RIPPED OFF. BUT ALL IN ALL GOOD FOOD N SERVICE JUS NOT FOND OF THE PRICES. I WUD COME AGAIN BUT NOT OCCASIONALLY.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    James
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went there for dinner for my anniversary and it really wasn't what we were looking for atmosphere wise. It was really crowded (our table backed up to the bar so I kept getting bumped into all night) and the tables were close together to the point where if someone at the other table got up, we'd have to lean to the other side to let them by. And it was so loud it was hard to have a conversation (probably our fault for going on a Saturday night). For food: guacamole was really good, ceviche wasn't worth getting again, tacos were ok & the carne asada was pretty tasty. The cocktails we had were like the ones you get at any other place. Prices weren't too bad though. It would be a good place to have a large group, but not for a date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • calgal
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    good margarita and tacos, highly overpriced. too loud and server seemed to have forgotten about us throughout the night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic